Meditation for Beginners

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Have you ever thought about trying meditation, but didn't know how to get started? With Meditation for Beginners, trusted teacher Jack Kornfield shows you how simple it is to start -- and stick with -- a daily meditation practice. "Insight" or vipassana meditation is the time-honored skill of calming the spirit and clearing the mind for higher understanding. Now, in this cornplete course created especially for beginners, renowned teacher Jack Kornfield offers a straightforward, step-by-step method for bringing ...
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Overview

Have you ever thought about trying meditation, but didn't know how to get started? With Meditation for Beginners, trusted teacher Jack Kornfield shows you how simple it is to start -- and stick with -- a daily meditation practice. "Insight" or vipassana meditation is the time-honored skill of calming the spirit and clearing the mind for higher understanding. Now, in this cornplete course created especially for beginners, renowned teacher Jack Kornfield offers a straightforward, step-by-step method for bringing meditation into your life. Using the six guided meditations on the included CD, you will discover how easy it is to use your breath, physical sensations -- and even difficult emotions -- to create tranquility and lovingkindness in your everyday life. These simple, elegant practices are so easy to learn that you will begin enjoying the benefits of meditation immediately -- while laying the foundation for a lifetime of inner discovery and awakening.

The tradition of resting in the silence of an undistracted mind is thousands of years old. It is practiced by seekers in all of the world's major spiritual traditions, as well as in hospitals and even corporate board rooms. Now, with Meditation for Beginners, acclaimed author and respected meditation teacher Jack Kornfield distills the essential teachings and guided practices that you would learn at an intensive beginner's meditation retreat -- into one concise interactive course. If you have never meditated before, you will find Meditation for Beginners a highly accessible doorway into this proven, transformative practice.

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Editorial Reviews

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"With humor and insight, Jack Kornfield patiently explains the Buddhist way to bring deep spirituality into your everyday life."
- TRICYCLE magazine

"It's encouraging to find Westerners who've sufficiently assimilated the traditions of the East to be able to share them with others as Jack is doing" - HH the Dalai Lama

"Jack Kornfield is a remarkable and thoughtful teacher"
- Sogyal Rinpoche

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Kornfield, an ordained Buddhist monk, seasoned master, and author, conducts a series of five sessions on Vipassanna, or insight meditation. Vipassana shows how to incorporate Buddhist teaching into everyday living experiences, such as eating, driving, and walking. Kornfield instructs his class on developing an awareness of the present in order to reawaken the capacity to live more fully, compassionately, wisely, and lovingly. General audiences aspiring to a higher spiritual plane will find this an effective, practical, and enlightening course by a sensitive guide with a great sense of humor. The program is a bit lengthy, allowing time for meditation and class participation. It is not for the hurried. It also requires perseverance, as does any worthy self-actualization program. Its only detraction is the nearly inaudible students' comments and questions.-- Barbara J. Vaughan, State Univ. Coll. at Buffalo Lib., N.Y.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591799429
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 623,271
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Kornfield was trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught around the world since 1974. He also holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and of the Spirit Rock Center. He lives in northern California.
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Meditation for Beginners offers the central trainings and teachings found in the best Buddhist monasteries translated for Western society. In Meditation for Beginnings, you will find some of the simplest and most universal of the practices of meditation-in particular, the practices of mindfulness and lovingkindness.

The point of these teachings has nothing to do with becoming a Buddhist, or learning any Eastern ceremonies or rituals or bowing. The point is that you learn how to work with meditation in order to find benefits from it in your life. When we take time to quiet ourselves, we can all sense that our lives could be lived with greater compassion and greater wakefulness. To meditate is to support this inner potential and allow it to come forth into our lives.

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Table of Contents

Chapter One: The Ancient Art of Meditation

Chapter Two: Why Meditate?

Chapter Three: The Benefits of Meditation Practice

Chapter Four: Meditation 1: Connecting with the Breath

Chapter Five: Meditation 2: Working With Sensations in the Body

Chapter Six: Meditation 3: Working With Feelings and Emotion

Chapter Seven: Meditation 4: Witnessing Your Thoughts

Chapter Eight: Meditation 5: Forgiveness Meditation

Chapter Nine: Meditation 6: Loving Kindness Meditation

Chapter Ten: Meditation 7: An Eating Meditation

Chapter Eleven: Meditation 8: A Walking Meditation

Chapter Twelve: Meditation and Social Responsibility

Chapter Thirteen: How to Cultivate a Daily Meditation Practice

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    Great for Beginners

    Jack Kornfield has a wonderful voice and is very soothing. This CD set if very informative for beginner's looking to get into meditation. I have since purchased his six CD set, as it goes further in-depth with meditation and the meditation exercises.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2005

    A Path I can follow

    Jack is a wonderful teacher. He combines the best of both--an excellent guide in beginning to meditate and his stories and experience help you to understand what the purpose of meditation is.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2001

    Too much talk

    He rambles on entirely too much! Just when you think you're about to start the next meditation, there'll be a long pause, then he'll ramble on about this story or that story. I will say that he has a very calming voice, but he needs to know when it's time to speak or when it's time to pause. I became so frustrated by this, that I ended up buying something else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2010

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    Teachings from a master

    Jack is one of the grandfathers of the 'Mindfulness Movement' and has taught vipassana meditation to thousands. His words convey the subtle essence of the path of mindfulness - and it is all in the subtlety of meaning. Read and listen to everything by Jack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2009

    Decent for beginners

    I am new to meditation... I have been practicing a lot and took a few tips from both the book and the CD. Still looking for more tips that stick though.

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